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Mont Blanc

  • Canon

  • Clauss

  • Sandisk

  • Napapijri

  • Magntic Media Network

  • PowerFilm Solar

  • Photofuture

  • Funivie Monte Bianco

  • Fassi

The gears and the Partners

Best partners and best technology for best result: gears of this project were passion to challenge as well as dedication to excellence.

Our partners supported us with the best products and this was the secret essence behind achieving such an amazing picture in such harsh conditions of cold and altitude.

Discover the technological secrets behind the highest gigapanoramic picture.

Canon EOS 70D

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Matteo La Torre - Canon Italy:

"We offered to Filippo a quality photo kit that was efficient but simple and light at the same time. The choice was a fast EOS 70D camera which permitted fast shooting operations, without being heavy. It facilitates the translation and the pointing and it could provide a wide range of shots even at low temperatures. As far as the optical side, we have identified versatility, lightness and precision in EF 400mm f2.8 L IS and the Extender 2x III. This provides the right focus to push EOS 70D resolution to the limit, taking into account the atmosphere seeing at that height and the distance of the subjects."

Canon Academy

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At Canon Academy we are in daily contact with amateurs and professional photographers who follow our technical and experiential courses. What distinguishes us is the challenging, adventurous and professional atmosphere and the enthusiasm with which we approach our project. Anyone using photos, videos or printing for communicating, either for passion or for professional reasons, will find our facility useful.

The Story

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When Filippo contacted us, we were impressed by the idea of an amateur photographer who wanted to create a project based on his photographic passion. Filippo is the proof that photographic passion can turn into excellence thanks to the everyday experience, in this case it’s his working environment. Canon Academy supported Filippo Blengini with materials and knowledge, because he represents many of our customers, who rely on EOS products and Canon services to obtain quality results, giving the ability to live their passion. A passion that begins and then follows the best moments of their own life. Sometimes it becomes a profession, this happens frequently such as in the case of Canon Academy’s student Alessandro Arena who, after few years attending our courses and through other experiences, became a professional photographer.

During experiential sessions, Canon Academy asked Alessandro to carry out this project during the shooting phase as a "field helper.” This was his comment: "Through Canon Academy I could improve my skills. Thanks to Filippo’s courage and tenacity I discovered a deeper aspect of photography that I did not know, which will definitely help me in my profession"

CANON Italy

Canon Europe is the regional sales and marketing operation for Canon Inc., represented in 116 countries and employing 17,000 people across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Founded in 1937 with the specific goal of making the best quality camera available to customers, Canon’s tireless passion for the Power of Image has since extended its technology into many other markets and has established it as a world leader in both consumer and business imaging solutions. Its solutions comprise products, ranging from digital compact and SLR cameras, through broadcast lenses and portable X-ray machines, to multi-function and production printers, all supported by a range of value added services.

Canon invests heavily in R&D to deliver the richest and most innovative products and services to satisfy customers’ creative needs. From amateur photographers to professional print companies, Canon enables each customer to realise their own passion for image.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’. In EMEA, Canon Europe pursues sustainable business growth, focusing on reducing its own environmental impact and supporting customers to reduce theirs using Canon’s products, solutions and services. Canon has achieved global certification to ISO 14001, demonstrating a world-class environmental management standard.

Further information about Canon Europe is available at: www.canon-europe.com

SANDISK Italy

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs.

From mobile devices to data centers, SanDisk delivers the peace of mind that data is readily available and reliable, even in the most challenging environments. SanDisk’s mission is to enrich people's lives through digital storage anytime, anywhere.

SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide

Extreme PLUS

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SanDisk Extreme® PLUS SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-I cards
The speed and capacity you need to capture 4K Ultra HD3 video today

More than ten times faster than ordinary cards1
Up to ten times faster than ordinary memory cards, these cards deliver the video recording performance you need to capture 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video3. Shooting at UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)2 —you’ll take your videos to a whole new level of resolution, one that looks breathtaking on the new 4K Ultra HD televisions and monitors.
Enjoy extreme continuous shot-to-shot performance up to 60MB/s* write speed [16GB-64GB ONLY] [8GB: 30MB/s] and transfer files fast with read speeds up to 80MB/s*.
SanDisk Extreme SDHC/SDXC cards are built for and tested in harsh conditions4; temperature proof, water proof, shock proof, and X-ray proof and come with downloadable RescuePRO® Deluxe6 data recovery software to recover accidentally deleted images, so you’ll never lose a good day’s work. Up to 64GB** capacity for longer video shoots and uninterrupted photo sessions.

Not all devices support SDXC. Check with device manufacturer for more details. * 16GB-64GB up to 80MB/s read speed, up to 60MB/s write speed. 8GB up to 80MB/s read speed, up to 30MB/s write speed. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device. 1MB = 1,000,000 bytes. ** 1GB =1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less. 1 Ordinary cards up to 5MB/s write speed. 1MB = 1,000,000 bytes. 2 UHS Speed Class 3 designates a performance option designed to support 4K Ultra HD video recording with UHS-I enabled host devices. 3 Full HD (1920x1080) and 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) video support may vary based upon host device, file attributes and other factors. See www.sandisk.com/HD 4 See www.sandisk.com/proof for additional information and limitations. 5 30-year warranty in Germany, Canada, and regions not recognizing lifetime warranty. See www.sandisk.com/wug 6 Registration required; terms and conditions apply. SanDisk, SanDisk Extreme PLUS and RescuePRO Deluxe are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. The SDHC and SDXC marks and logos are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC. ©2014 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. 12/14

Ultra® II SSD

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SanDisk Ultra® II SSD
Give your notebook or PC a performance boost with an easy upgrade to SanDisk Ultra® II SSD

Boost your PC’s performance up to 28x with an easy and affordable upgrade to SanDisk Ultra® II SSD. You’ll enjoy no-wait boot up, and shorter application load and data transfer times than your traditional hard drive ever delivered—plus longer battery life and much cooler, quieter computing, too1.
No matter how you use your PC, SanDisk’s nCache™ 2.0 technology makes for a better experience, delivering high speed and staying power even when you’re socializing, shopping and watching the playoffs all at once. Proven shock and vibration resistance mean you won’t lose your data even if you drop your computer.
When you’re ready for a better computing experience without buying a new computer, this easy-to-do-yourself upgrade to SanDisk Ultra II SSD will make your old PC behave like a brand-new machine. Available in storage capacities from 120GB to 960GB2 .

* SanDisk SSD Deployment Whitepaper, 2013 1 As compared to 7200 RPM SATA 2.5” hard drive. Based on published specifications and internal benchmarking tests using PCMark Vantage scores) 2 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Some capacity not available for data storage. SanDisk and SanDisk Ultra are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the U.S. and other countries. nCache is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. All other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s). ©2014 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. 07/14

CLAUSS

At its traditional location in the Ore Mountains, Germany, CLAUSS company is an innovative developer and market leading manufacturer of fully automated high precision pan-and-tilt heads for professional image acquisition, image processing and image measurement, panoramic and gigapixel photography and laserphotogrammetry.

Around the world, CLAUSS products let you experience stunning 3D worlds, make our society safer and document our world heritage for the future. They are world-wide used in various application fields, like photography and film, 3D visualization and CGI, as well as surveying, engineering and civil engineering.

With the intention to offer reliable, high-precision and high-quality user-friendly solutions for achieving perfect results, CLAUSS products are regularly part of amazing projects and World Records around the globe.

MAGNETIC MEDIA NETWORK

Vision

In recent years, IT systems had become vital for individuals and companies. Still, it is very difficult to keep pace with technological evolutions and comprehend the complexity of its interactions. Customers require a competent, trusted partner to assist them when dealing with this issues. They need someone who can provide talent, knowledge and solutions founded on simplicity, efficacy and politeness.

Mission

MMN is committed to provide customers with talented people that support them in choosing and implementing the best technologies. With advanced and thus easy solutions, impeccable logistics, and relationships based on strength and courtesy.

Company

Established in 1989, Magnetic Media Network SpA is an Italian value added reseller with headquarters located in Trezzo sull’Adda (MI). Apple, Xerox, Adobe, Aerohive and AirWatch represent, among others, its main business partners for providing the best IT solutions in Enterprise, SMB and Education markets. It is considered the largest Apple Authorized Service Provider in the country. With its sister company WhiteStore - 3 locations in northern Italy - it also addresses the prosumer market. The group turnover exceeds 28M USD and 70 employees.

Promise

Simple, for you.

Mac Pro

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Engineered around workstation graphics with dual GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage, high-performance Thunderbolt 2, new-generation Xeon processors, ultrafast memory, and support for 4K video, the new Mac Pro delivers state-of-the-art performance across the board. The Mac Pro is built for creativity to an epic scale. With the new-generation Intel Xeon E5, available with 4, 6, 8, or 12 cores of processing power on a single die, and with up to 30MB of L3 cache, 40GB/s of PCI Express gen 3 bandwidth, and 256-bit-wide floating-point instructions, you’ll never be at a loss for speed. Every component in the Mac Pro is optimized for performance. That includes a four-channel DDR3 memory controller running at 1866MHz. It supports up to 64GB of memory and delivers up to 60GB/s of memory bandwidth, which means you can fly through even the most compute-intensive tasks in no time. And since it’s ECC memory, your render job, video export, or simulation won’t be stopped by transient memory errors.

Thunderbolt combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into one high-speed, versatile I/O technology. And with Mac Pro, we’re jumping even further ahead. Thunderbolt 2 delivers twice the throughput, providing up to 20Gb/s of bandwidth to each external device. So you’re more than ready for the next generation of high-performance peripherals, without being limited by the number of expansion slots inside the computer. You can connect massive amounts of storage, add a PCI expansion chassis, and work with the latest external displays — including 4K desktop displays and peripheral devices capable of broadcast monitoring in 4K. And since each Thunderbolt 2 port allows you to daisy-chain up to six peripherals, you can go all out by plugging in up to 36 external devices via Thunderbolt 2 alone.

Promise

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PROMISE Technology Inc. is a recognized global leader in the storage industry and the leading developer of high-performance storage solutions tailor-made for the data center, surveillance, cloud, and rich media markets. Always striving to meet the unique demands of customers, PROMISE has earned a reputation for developing innovative storage solutions for vertical markets which deliver practical answers to the business challenges facing large enterprises, small to medium businesses, creative professionals, security integrators and many more. PROMISE offers a complete shared storage solution featuring Thunderbolt™ 2 for 4K environments through Pegasus2, SANLink2, and VTrak A-Class. 
Pegasus2 offers creative enthusiasts and professionals portable RAID storage for post-production and broadcasting, such as offsite shoots, remote studios, or department workgroups. Synergize the ultimate innovation of the new Mac Pro and Thunderbolt™ 2 with the capacity and performance of the industry’s fastest storage solution, Pegasus2. Multiply the Mac Pro’s flash storage capacity by daisy-chaining multiple Pegasus2 systems to achieve massive amounts of additional storage space.

Adobe Creative Cloud

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Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your greatest work. One simple membership gives you and your team access to the very latest versions of all the Adobe professional creative desktop applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, and more — plus new features and upgrades as soon as they're available. Cloud storage and file syncing capabilities allow you to reliably access your files wherever you are, even on your mobile device, and you can share concepts with clients or colleagues more easily than ever. Cloud-based services let you build and publish websites, mobile apps, iPad publications, and content for any medium or device. And with Behance® integration, you can publish your customized portfolio on your own URL and plug into the world's largest creative community to get inspired, get feedback, and find new opportunities. With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world gets its own central dashboard to keep your ideas, files, fonts, settings, notifications, desktop applications, and team members in sync.

Skidoo

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Perfectly designed down to every last stitch, the iconic Skidoo is the perfect winter companion. Built from state-of-the-art breathable and waterproof fabric, the details are what make this jacket such a standout. With a large Velcro closure front pocket and two side pockets that double as handwarmer, the Skidoo is fully seam-taped and lined, with easy hood regulation thanks to elastic bungee cords, and also features an adjustable waist that ensures an excellent overall fit.

An instant icon, the Skidoo has been a favourite since it was first introduced to the world over two decades ago. Ingeniously designed with a system of strategically placed bungee cords that ensure a perfect fit, it was the first jacket to be worn as a sweater to ensure maximum protection against the elements: the ideal companion for life in the great outdoors.

NINGOL

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At Napapijri, we love the mountains just as much as you do; we know that electric thrill of the biting cold against our cheeks, the awesome magnificence of the dazzling sun against a pristine silent slope, the breathtaking views from the tops of the world. Nothing should diminish that experience and the entire Ski Collection has been researched, designed and built to ensure the most memorable mountain moments. Every piece of the collection has been individually studied for warmth, dryness, freedom of movement and striking style whether you are an off-trail heli skier, a teen on her first black slope, or a budding polar explorer.

NAPAPIJRI

The Napapijri journey starts in 1987 in the shadow of Europe’s highest peak, the Monte Bianco, where an Italian manufacturer of travel bags introduced a new sensibility to outdoor apparel, combining innovative materials with close attention to style. Today, the premium casual wear brand looks back to the great expeditions of the last century and the intrepid explorers who transformed their lives into unique journeys that inspired mankind. Napapijri is a variation of the Finnish word for the Arctic Circle and the logo, half positive and half negative, expresses the North and South Poles in graphic form. The Norwegian flag is closely linked to the brand's DNA, representing Europe’s northernmost country, the birthplace of some of the great explorers of the 20th century as well as a land of extreme conditions and magnificent landscapes.

Funivie Monte Bianco

The idea of an international cable-car link between Italy and a neighbouring country had attracted the attention of the Count Lora Totino. His idea was to link the Italian side of Courmayeur to Chamonix through the extraordinary massif of Mont Blanc.

On the Italian side there was a pre-existing cable-car linking Courmayeur and Rifugio Torino (3300 m). Building the next part to reach Punta Helbronner was not a problem, the great difficulty was crossing 5 km of glaciers under continuous movement. This amazing piece of engineering is 15 km long and includes 3 sections. The first one links La Palud to Rifugio Torino. This section was built during the war and as soon as it was opened the cables were severed by French fighter planes firing on them. The cable-car was then opened to the public in 1948.

Today challenges are not ended: we are building the New Mont Blanc Cable Car that will be terminated on 2015.

History

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This amazing piece of engineering is 15 km long and includes 3 sections. The first one links La Palud to Rifugio Torino. This section was built during the war and as soon as it was opened the cables were severed by French fighter planes firing on them. The cable-car was then opened to the public in 1948. The second section linking Chamonix to the Aiguille du Midi was opened to the public in 1956, and extends over 5416 m with a vertical climb of 2812 m . The first task was to link Chamonix (1030 m) and Plan des Aiguilles (2317 m), and then the following year the section reaching the Aiguille du Midi (3842 m) was built. The third section linking Rifugio Torino to the Aigulle du Midì was opened in 1958, using the Gros Rognon as natural support for the cables. The Glaciers cable-car begins at Punta Helbronner, and is undoubtedly the most interesting and spectacular section from both a technical and panoramic point of view. The Count Lora Totino developed the idea of an aerial pylon to support the cables linking the Gros Rognon and Punta Helbronner as it was impossible to install a normal pylon on the glaciers.

New ropeway

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The new Mont Blanc ropeways will climb to Pointe Helbronner in two segments along a new line, replacing the old cableways, which will be demolished only once all the work has been completed. The new facilities will be constructed mainly in steel and glass, with spacious panoramic areas at the stations and rotating spherical glass cable cars. The driving force behind all this is aimed at amazing visitors through the use of technology, but with a particular focus on highlighting Mont Blanc’s natural scener.

The cable cars will be equipped with a system that will allow them to rotate, offering visitors a true 360° view of the whole area. At Pointe Helbronner, at 3452 metres above sea level, a round terrace of 14 meters diameter will be constructed, also offering a 360 degree view of Mont Blanc’s peak (4810 metres), of the Dent du Géant and of the extraordinary Vallée Blanche.

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Foldable

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The F16-3600 foldable solar charger used during the in2white project, was an ideal panel for the environment. Weighing just over 3LBS, the 60W solar panel is extremely portable and easy to carry along to any shooting location. The 60 Watt panel help keep the camera batteries charged and ready for whenever the photographers need them, and allowed them to be worry free about running out of power on their shoots.

Foldable

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PowerFilm Foldable Chargers come in a wide range of power output configurations and are virtually unlimited in application.
PERFORMS EVEN IN LOW LIGHT: PowerFilm Foldable Solar Chargers have been designed to absorb light even during low light conditions. The panel is able to charge for more hours per day than competing technologies.
EXTREME DURABILITY: PowerFilm Foldable Solar Chargers resist point damage extremely well, resulting in a charger that still functions, with minimal loss of output, even after being subjected to puncturing.
INSTANT POWER: PowerFilm Foldable Solar Chargers DO NOT require any sun-soaking prior to use.

The foldable line of solar chargers is designed to be used primarily in dry environments. Although the panel CAN get wet, prolonged exposure to moisture can aect performance and the panel should be fully dry prior to use after exposure to wet conditions. For solar power in wet environments, consider using the fully weatherproof Rollable Solar Charger line.

Rollable

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Built with the same solar technology that goes into every PowerFilm solar module, the Rollable Solar Charger line is extremely durable, lightweight, and easily integrated to provide power for a number of charging applications.
PERFORMS EVEN IN LOW LIGHT: PowerFilm Foldable Solar Chargers have been designed to absorb light even during low light conditions. The panel is able to charge for more hours per day than competing technologies.
WATERPROOF: A perfect solar solution for wet and water-logged environments, PowerFilm Rollable Solar Chargers are fully waterproof and constructed with marine grade connectors to provide a portable solar solution for marine environments.
EXTREME DURABILITY: PowerFilm Rollable Solar Chargers resist point damage extremely well, resulting in a charger that still functions, with minimal loss of output, even after being subjected to puncturing (note: puncturing will affect the ability of the solar panel to repel water).

ZeroSmog

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GREEN ENRGY ON TE GO

The project ZeroSmog takes his origin from the free spirit of his founders. Everybody understand that the “green” technologies are not only part of our present but they will be determinant part of our future. Create energy with minimum effort and no collateral damages to environment it is possible. The development and use of renewable and alternative energies in private and commercial buildings is a matter of fact, but with ZeroSmog we take a step forward: search, find, select, analyze and test all the good and “green” technologies that could be useful in our everyday life, sport, in our hobbies, out-door works and integration on existing products. Let's free up energy from ties of fix installations and bring it always with us.

POWERFILM SOLAR

PowerFilm Solar is a USA based thin-film solar manufacturer that was founded in 1988. Since 1988, PowerFilm has focused on developing thin film solar technology through an industrial scale manufacturing process. The process utilizes a roll-to-roll manufacturing process to minimize handling costs. The thin film technology that PowerFilm uses is amorphous silicon, which is very light sensative which helps capture the sun’s power, even in sub ideal sunlight conditions.

The company’s main objective is to supply solar solutions to select portable and remote power applications, custom and OEM solar model markets.
ROLLABLE LINE: these Solar Chargers of different sizes are so flexible that can be rolled. This line is extremely durable, lightweight, water resistant and easily integrated to provide power for a number of charging applications like marine boats, caravans etc.
FOLDABLE LINE: these line is mounted on a special textile fabric and can be folded to became extremely portable. Very flexible and lightweight is the best line for outdoor, sport and adventure situations.
PowerFilm products compared with the “traditional” crystalline Solar Chargers on the market are much more functional in extreme and portable conditions. These Solar Chargers can perform constantly also in low light conditions and also positioned not facing directly the sun, like on a backpack or on the ground.

PowerFilm standard lines are imported in Europe by:
ZeroSmog s.r.l.
Via Cà Nove, 1 int.22 - 37036 S. Martino B.A. (VR) Italy
T.+39 045.2424957 - F.+39 045.8240006
[email protected]www.zerosmog.eu

Courmayeur Mont Blanc

Italy is not just Rome, Milan, Venice and Florence, the tourist destinations par excellence: in winter, Courmayeur, on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, is paradise for skiers, climbers and dolce vita enthusiasts. An unrivalled alpine landscape and a warm Italian welcome.

In winter, in one of the top ten tourist attractions in Italy, a vacation under Mont Blanc cannot be missed. The Roof of Europe, in fact, is also Italian: on the Italian side of the mountain lies Courmayeur, the famous winter resort. The cradle of mountaineering, a romantic village nestled in the Alps, a glamourous destination: there’s always something to enjoy in this fascinating resort.

The most exceptional character of Courmayeur is its unique location: positioned among Italy, France and Switzerland, it represents the essence of the Italian Way of life. On the Italian side of Mont Blanc you can find the sense of style which is so typically Italian. Courmayeur is a perfect synthesis of different cultures. Mountains do not separate people, they rather unite peoples: no barriers can be found in this little town, where, traditionally, Italian and French alike are spoken. Despite being located at high altitude, thanks to its climate, Courmayeur deserves the appellation “the sunny side”: the summits form a barrier to the clouds, and even in the depths of winter the resort often boasts a beautiful bright blue sky.

Ski & freeride

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Courmayeur is a paradise for skiers: the location offers a magnificent view of the Mont Blanc range and a great variety of perfectly powdered slopes. And, at the end of every day, the fun never stops, thanks to the après-ski: the gondola is open until midnight for those who wish to stay on the mountain in the bars and restaurants at high altitude to enjoy an aperitif or a dinner with shows, dj sets and live concerts.

Courmayeur is particularly renowned for freeride, with its stunning scenery of 65 km of fabulous slopes, lovely blankets of powder, and an incomparable landscape. The ski area gives access to wonderful, world-famous descents, and the area around Mont Blanc offers a series of beautiful off-piste runs, such as the incredibly scenic Vallée Blanche, between Italy and France, and Toula, on the Italian side.

Heli-skiing & Climbing

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Courmayeur is also the only resort under Mont Blanc, which offers the opportunity of heli-skiing, away from the crowds and the usual classic slopes, and all allows for the experience to connect with nature. Here, among the highest mountains of Europe, is the cradle of climbing: Courmayeur is home to the oldest Mountain Guides Association of Italy (the Società delle Guide Alpine), the second in the world to have been historically founded after the one in Chamonix, on the other side of Mont Blanc. A time-honored tradition that is still unbroken: accompanied by the mountain professionals, you can enjoy a wide variety of adventures at high altitude even in winter.

Glamour

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Lastly, Courmayeur, embodies the essence of elegance, which is perfectly represented by its “boutiques”. This town perpetuates an age-old tradition of warm welcome, and at the same time knows every little secret of a refined lifestyle. Here you can find the most prestigious brands and the most trendy bars and restaurants, and, actually, we can even speak of a “Courmayeur way of life”. A stroll in the historic via Roma means plunging into the glamourous style of the shops offering clothing, handcrafts, jewelry and design, as well as the gastronomic delicacies and wines typically produced in Aosta Valley.

Openseadragon

The OpenSeadragon image viewer powers the In2White website experience. This one image with all its detail is so gigantic, that if you were to download the whole thing in its entirety, it would take many hours, if not days. Yet with OpenSeadragon you can smoothly zoom into any portion without having to wait at all. This is accomplished by breaking the original image up into thousands of bite-sized tiles, and only sending the ones you need for the area you're looking at. Add to this the ability to zoom and pan around the scene, and a little dash of magic, and you've got OpenSeadragon.

In 2003, Blaise Agüera y Arcas started the Seadragon project with a simple premise: all the world's pixels accessible on every device. In 2006 the team was acquired by Microsoft as part of their Live Labs initiative. Looking for a way to make their zooming technology accessible to a wider audience, Ian Gilman developed a JavaScript implementation during one of the Live Labs 'Out of the Box Weeks'. This was further developed into a robust solution by Aseem Kishore, and was released as open source in 2008. Since then, it has taken on a life of its own in the open source community, and is used by artists, photographers, and historians to share every detail of their work with the whole world. Meanwhile the framework continues to evolve, with 2015 bringing new developments like support for multiple simultaneous images and high-resolution screens. The In2White project is a natural extension of this evolution, with its massive dimensions, pushing the technology to ever greater heights.

CEDEXIS

Created with the idea that the Internet has become the main communication channel and key point of access to the information, Cedexis is an independent and neutral company working on building an Internet faster for everyone.

Cedexis is a French-American company born in 2010 with an innovative solution that would allow every website to always be available and faster anywhere, anytime. Through free benchmarks of Internet platforms and a load-balancing service that uses live end-user data in real time, Cedexis offers a better experience for all Internet users.

Our solutions are simple, flexible and always made to reach our customers' goals.

We work with very different sectors such as e-commerce, media, online gaming, and VOD providers, to name a few. All feature with different aspirations yet maintain the same desire to have an efficient online presence.

Today Cedexis is happy to support daring and original projects like In2White to help them ensure their success.

PHOTOFUTURE

Photofuture is born from the idea of his founder to find new solutions for Photographers and Videomakers. Our mission is to search the best products all around the world and distribute in the European Market, to help achieve new and stunning results working in the best way. Our team is always focused to ensure support and assistance to make professional works easier and better, in both cases of amateurs or professional Photographers.

So our philosophy is not to start from a commercial approach to be imposed to the final consumer, but to research based on our knowledge of the real needs of photographers, what would be the best products to facilitate their work. We try to find solutions that facilitate in real use and that combine functionality, aesthetics and exclusivity.

We put our knowledge on the line, with our information service that is always available for everyone who needs an introduction or a specific explanation upon our products, so we help our network of dealers with training.
KAIZEN is our philosophy.

FASSI

A FASSI F425RA.2.24 E-DYNAMIC CRANE ON MONT BLANC.

The new Mont Blanc Cable-Car System goes into operation in June. This €105m project has taken four years to construct and connects a departure station at Pontal d’Entrèves, close to the motorway, with the arrival station at Punta Helbronner at an altitude of 3466 metres up in the mountains. This pioneering work was carried out by the Cordée Mont Blanc consortium on behalf of Funivie Monte Bianco S.p.A.. The consortium is led by Cogeis S.p.A., an historic Canavese company that specialises in major projects both in Italy and abroad. It was Cogeis S.p.A. that selected Fassi Gru as a technological partner, thanks in part to the decisive support of the Turin branch of the Bergamo industrial group and of its manager, Marco Linguanotto, at the specification stage.

“The aim was to identify a crane configuration that would meet the specific needs of the construction site, taking full advantage of the versatility of the machine,” explains Rossano Ceresoli, head of research & development of Fassi Gru. “As well as using it on the Mont Blanc construction site, the customer had requested that the crane could be subsequently installed on a commercial vehicle. This is how we identified the best solution to be the F425RA.2.24 e-dynamic crane model coupled with the L324 jib and equipped with winch and platform.” The high-altitude construction site needed a crane to handle materials at the upper station and to install the metal structures, complementing the heavy lifting duties carried out by a pair of tower cranes that had to be assembled by helicopter. As the works progressed, the Fassi F425RA crane became appreciated for a number of other operational benefits. For example, when wind speeds reached 70 km/h – not a rare occurrence, as they can sometimes top 150 km/h at this height – the tower cranes had to stop working for safety reasons. The Fassi crane, however, was able to continue. Work started in April 2011 and by the following year the F425RA e-dynamic crane was already operational. It was first installed at the lift shaft that connects the Punta Helbronner arrival station with the tunnel down to the Nuovo Rifugio Torino, a refuge building located 100 metres below. In fact, one of the advantages of the articulating crane was the speed with which it could be moved around the site to where it was needed next. The Fassi crane was then installed at the top of the structure where, using its winch, it was a great help placing reinforcing steel during cement casting. The next step was the construction of the two-storey station structure, always moving on to the floor above as gradually each concrete pour neared completion. Its contribution was also crucial in laying of the steel girders and crossbeams.

During the winter breaks the crane remained outdoors, covered only by a tarpaulin in temperatures that reached minus 30°C, but this never caused any problem. When work resumed, the crane was always ready, as was the case every morning, even after the worst storms. For the final stages, the Fassi F425RA crane was fitted with the work platform basket for tightening the bolts and installation of doors and windows and the solar panels. These were all operations in which it continually proved to be the ideal solution, simplifying the work and halving the time. It was another wonderful Italian story, technical ingenuity and perfect delivery set against a backdrop of stunning scenery, with our companies and the Fassi F425RA 2.24 e-dynamic crane in starring roles.

Specifications

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Specifications of the Fassi F425RA.2.24 e-dynamic crane with L324 jib

Lifting capacity: up to 40 metric tonnes Maximum hydraulic reach: up to 22.15 metres with jib Footprint on the trailer: l 1.59 m, w 2.54 m, h 2.65 m

Electronic/hydraulic equipment:

  • FX500 control unit
  • D850 digital hydraulic distributor
  • RCH/RCS radio control unit
  • ADC dynamic control
  • Flow sharing

Optional

  • Dynamic version (.2) with linkage
  • XP device
  • ProLink double connecting rod system
  • Continuous rotation on a fifth wheel

Special

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A “special” hydraulic oil

The specification set out that the crane should be suitable to use biodegradable oil. This resulted in the preparation of the entire hydraulic system using an appropriate production process. The construction standards of the machines that use mineral oil were incompatible. Biodegradability is the aspect that most characterises environmentally friendly oils and lubricants since they minimise environmental impact in case of accidental spillage. Traditional, often mineral, lubricants are lower cost products of poor durability and lesser performance, while biodegradable synthetic oil is a product that is more durable but also more expensive. The choice of an environmentally friendly lubricant is a real investment and requires a change of mindset: immediate savings are waived, but, in the financial calculation, whole-life costs are likely to be reduced due to reduced downtime, greater protection of machinery and, last but not least, the elimination of risking costly pollution damage.

Platform

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Use of the platform with articulated cranes

The combination of a work platform accessory with an articulated crane must be certified by a body that is recognised at European level and verifies and approves the preparation in accordance with Annex IV of the EN280:2013 standard of machinery directive 2006/42/EC. Therefore anyone who sells and installs cranes fitted with mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) must contact a notified body to examine and certify the conformity of operation in accordance with the provisions of legislation. The new version of the type C standard was recently published, UNI EN280:2013, relating to mobile elevating work platforms.